Man Utd drop interest in long-term target as Ten Hag plans to reward top performer with new deal

Ben Stewart
Aaron Wan-Bissaka of Manchester United and Raphael Varane
Aaron Wan-Bissaka of Manchester United and Raphael Varane

Manchester United are no longer interested in signing a right-back this summer as Erik ten Hag plans to offer Aaron Wan-Bissaka a new deal.

The 25-year-old impressed under Ten Hag in the second half of the season and the Dutch boss no longer plans to sign a right-back this summer.

Fabrizio Romano clarified Man Utd’s interest in Inter Milan full-back Denzel Dumfries last month as the Red Devils had been linked with a move.

“There is interest in Denzel Dumfries this summer, clubs are monitoring him, and he recently changed agents,” Romano explained.

“Asking price could be around €25/30m for Dumfries, depending also on how quickly Inter can find a replacement. In my opinion, that could be a bargain for whoever gets him – he’s an intelligent right-back with plenty to add to the team going forward.”

However, despite Man Utd seemingly liking the look of the Dutch defender, they are happy to stick with Wan-Bissaka and Diogo Dalot for next season.

According to The Mirror, Man Utd plan to trigger the one-year extension clause in Wan-Bissaka’s contract, with his current deal set to expire in 2024.

The English defender gained Ten Hag’s trust throughout the season and he will be keen to pick up from where he left off last season.

“He has improved a lot, as many players have improved during the season,” Ten Hag told the club website when discussing Wan-Bissaka.

“Always the team spirit is the base and if players understand that, if they can set their egos aside, then you will see that the team develops and progresses.

“And then within the team’s progress, individuals make a lot of progress and Aaron is definitely one of them.”

Ten Hag is looking to cash in on several stars this summer, but he plans to keep Wan-Bissaka around for the foreseeable future.

According to a recent report, Ten Hag is looking to sell Scott McTominay, Fred, Eric Bailly and Dean Henderson in order to raise funds to sign a striker.

Rasmus Hojlund remains a primary target for Man Utd this summer, although the club are yet to agree a deal with Atalanta despite Hojlund himself pushing for the move.

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